VA and US Government
Course Description/ Outline: “Standards for Virginia and United States Government define the knowledge that enables citizens to participate effectively in civic and economic life. Students will apply social science skills as a foundation to examine fundamental constitutional principles, the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, the political culture, the policy-making process at each level of government, and the characteristics of the United States economy. The standards emphasize an understanding of the duties and responsibilities that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in the civic life of an increasingly diverse democratic society.” (History and Social Science Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools – March 2015)
Topics of Study in VA/US Government:
GOVT. 1-3, 11, 16 Basic Skills, Foundations and Origins of US Government
GOVT. 4-5 The Constitution and Federalism
GOVT. 7 The Legislative Branch and Congress
GOVT. 7 The Executive Branch and the Presidency
GOVT. 7, 10 The Judicial Branch and Courts
GOVT. 5, 8 Federalism, Virginia and Local Government
GOVT. 10, 11 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights/Supreme Court Cases
GOVT. 9, 6 The Political Process, Understanding Elections
GOVT. 12-15 Comparative Systems
Textbooks: Textbook: Virginia & United States Government. Additional resources will be provided by the instructor throughout the course. This will include paper handouts, as well as online and/or computer resources. Assignments: Are posted along with notes in google classroom. If parents want to see when assignments are posted- email me and I can add you to the class!
Class Materials: Please bring materials to class every day
- At least a 1 ½ inch, 3-ring binder
- Notebook Paper
- Pencils or Pens
- Optional: Color Pencils/Markers
Grading: You will be graded based on the following (Per Augusta County Policy):
- Major Assessments (tests, projects, presentations) 50%
- Minor Assessments (classwork, quizzes, written reflections) 40%
- Practice/Participation (warm-ups, homework, practice activities) 10%
*There is no end of course SOL exam for this class, but this class is required by the State of Virginia for graduation.
Late/ Makeup Work:
In ALL cases, it is the student’s responsibility to initiate make up work. For a pre-arranged absence on a quiz/test day, students may take the quiz/test prior to the absence or within three days of the student’s return to school. All other assignments assigned during absences must be completed within three days upon return to school. In cases of extended excused absences, students and teacher will work out a schedule for makeup work.
Unexcused late assignments will be accepted a maximum of 3 days late. Late assignments turned in 1 day late will receive a maximum grade of 85%. Assignments 2 days late receive a maximum of 70%. Assignments 3 days late receive a maximum of 60%. After 3 days any unexcused late assignments are a zero.
**If a student is present at school for any amount of time on a day an assignment is due, the assignment must be submitted, even if unable to attend class. This includes an excused tardy, early dismissal, field trips, and sporting events. This is a school- wide policy**
Unless specifically assigned a partner or group, all assignments and assessments will be completed by the student as an individual. Cheating, copying, or plagiarism on any assignment will result in a 0 for that assignment. Please read the student handbook if you have any questions about what constitutes cheating or plagiarism.
Students are expected to take care of personal needs before each class period. In case of an emergency, students will need to get a pass from the teacher. Students may not leave the classroom for the first or last 10 minutes of a class block.
If a student requires extra help on an assignment, makeup work, aid in studying for quizzes and tests, they may make an appointment to stay after with the teacher before or after school Monday – Thursday. Never be afraid to ask for help!